Bluebirds/bluebird came to house and is full-chickadees
Expert: Bluebird Bob Walshaw - 6/23/2014
Question This evening a bluebird peeked into my bluebird house and found it was inhabited with a family of chickadees. He stayed on the roof for a long time. I was wondering if I could place another house next to the chickadee filled bluebird house? Is the bluebird just curious? I destroyed the starling nests this season because they destroyed a family of bluebirds two years ago. I am so happy that I have seen a bluebird, but there is no house for it to call its own. What can I do?
Answer Chickadees are great birds too. I deliberately place some boxes where I know that they will be as I love to see as many as 7 or 8 little ones looking up at me when I open boxes for weekly checks. They have only one family a year and are gone in 15 days or so and the Bluebirds usually move in after when you scrape out the nest with a putty knife. This is why we recommend having at least 3 or 4 boxes not only for this reason but because you will usually lose some to predators. They should be at least 100 yards apart as they are very territorial. If you have a small yard put one box in back and one box in front of your home so they can't see each other. Also use neighbor's property or along the road to your home, even if it is high speed. Cars stir up and knock down insects and there fewer predators. Most of my line ids along highways.
If you will send your mailing address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will send you my free Bluebird book that will make you an expert. Happy birding. PS - Do not put a box next to the box with the Chickadee nest box.
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Thank you for your prompt and knowledgable response. I peeked in on the chickadees and they are healthy and well taken care of. I will put another house in the front yard. Our home is on an acre and ahalf. Thank you!
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